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[APPEALS]Appeals on Wheels makes first stop in Warren County
Start Date: 10/21/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/21/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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Convicted meth dealer challenges sufficiency of evidence against him

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument in Vanzyll v. State on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at Seeger Jr.-Sr. High School in West Lebanon.

A panel of Judges Nancy H. Vaidik, Paul D. Mathias and Michael P. Barnes will hear the case on appeal from Howard Superior Court. The Court is conducting the oral argument by invitation of Warren Circuit Court Judge John Rader and Fountain Circuit Court Judge Susan Henderson.

About 230 students are expected to attend, from Fountain Central, Covington and Seeger high schools.

Reporters may ask the Court’s permission to video or photograph the oral argument. The request must be faxed to the Court Administrator (317-233-4627) at least 48 hours before the scheduled start of the oral argument. If authorized, media representatives must comply with the requirements for videotaping or still photography as set forth in the Indiana Supreme Court’s Order regarding Standards Governing Electronic Media and Still Photography of Oral Arguments Before The Indiana Court of Appeals.

About this case: As a result of a narcotics investigation by the Kokomo Police Department, Vanzyll was arrested and convicted of several methamphetamine-related offenses and resisting law enforcement. Vanzyll raises three issues on appeal. First, he challenges the admission of incriminating statements he made to corrections officers while he was in custody at the Howard County Jail. Next, Vanzyll argues that the evidence that he returned to his residence and closed the back door after noticing KPD officers outside and failed to immediately return to the back door of his residence when ordered to do so by the police is insufficient to prove that he committed the criminal offense of resisting law enforcement. Finally, Vanzyll argues that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction for dealing methamphetamine because the State presented no evidence that there was an active methamphetamine lab in his residence on the date of the search.    

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the Court in action and learn more about its indispensable role in Indiana government. The Court has held 349 “Appeals on Wheels” at law schools, colleges, high schools and other venues since its centennial in 2000-01. This will be the court’s first visit to Warren County.

The Court of Appeals is Indiana’s second highest court and reviews both civil and criminal appeals from trial court decisions. An Appeals Court decision is final unless the Indiana Supreme Court grants further review.

For more information about traveling oral arguments or Vanzyll v. State, please visit the Court’s oral arguments web page.


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Contact Information:
Name: Martin DeAgostino
Phone: 317-234-4859
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Oral Arguments
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